Meet our herd of Myotonic Goats

Mr. Knickerbocker
Mr. Knickerbocker

Fainting Goats

This breed has several names- the most common are Myotonic, Tennessee Fainting, Nervous, and Scare goats. The names refer specifically to myotonia congenita, a condition in which the muscle cells experience prolonged contraction when the goat is startled. The transitory stiffness associated with these contractions can cause the goat to stop moving, stiffen, and even fall down. This is not a true faint, but a muscular phenomenon unrelated to the nervous system. The actual degree of stiffness may vary widely from goat to goat and is based on a number of factors, including age, species purity, and degree of fright.

 

As strange as this may sound, these little critters have actually served an historical purpose. Shepherds often kept the goats in with their flocks as insurance in case of predator attacks. The theory went something like this- as wolves would come down from the hills to attack a flock of sheep, the goats would become startled and, as per the name of their breed, they would faint. The sheep would make a clean getaway, as the wolves would focus on the stunned goats rather than pursue the fleeing sheep. Not that wonderful if you were one of the goats, sure, but downright dandy if you happened to be a sheep.

Our Fainting Goats at Sink Hollow Farm

Libby (doe) 05/02/10

Black & White; polled; brown-eyed

Black and white doe, polled with brown eyes.
Black and white doe, polled with brown eyes.

Lilly (doe) DOB 03/10/11

Black & White; polled; brown-eyed

Lilly is black and white, polled, brown eyes.
Lilly is black and white, polled, brown eyes.

YEVRAH (doe) DOB 04/20/12

FOR SALE $150.00 unregistered

Tri-colored; horned; golden eyed

Tri-colored doe born April 20, 2012 to Libby.  Brown eyed, horned.
Tri-colored doe born April 20, 2012 to Libby. Brown eyed, horned.

ZOE (doe)

Brown & white; horned; golden-eyed          MGR B5357

Brown and white doe with marbled eyes.  Purchased from Liberty Hill Farms.
Brown and white doe with marbled eyes. Purchased from Liberty Hill Farms.

CAMELIA JUNE (doe)

Black & White; horned; blue-eyed          MGR B8821

Calypso is our black and white doe with blue eyes.  From Liberty Hills Farm.
Calypso is our black and white doe with blue eyes. From Liberty Hills Farm.

REBEL (doe) DOB 04/09/15                                            SOLD

Tri-colored; horned; blue-eyed                       NOT MGR Registered

SOLD - Moving to new home in May.  Thank you Tina!

Chloe - Tri colored doe with blue eyes  (Dam Lottie / Sire Knickerbocker)
Chloe - Tri colored doe with blue eyes (Dam Lottie / Sire Knickerbocker)

SPROUT (doe)

Chocolate & White (POLLED)          MGR B8353

FRANNY (doe)

Red & White; gold eyes (POLLED)          MGR B8740

CANDY (doe)

Blue, white, tan with crystal blue eyes (HORNED)          MGR D1989

HAPPY HOUR (doe)

Tri color; brown eyes (HORNED)          MGR B9460

Jelly Bean (Doe)

Chocolate & white; brown eyes (HORNED)          MGR D1991

Purchsed from Jill & Nicole Hill of Rock-a-bye Farm born April 5, 2015
Purchsed from Jill & Nicole Hill of Rock-a-bye Farm born April 5, 2015

PEEPS (Doe)

Blue & White; horned; blue eyed          MGR D1990

Purchased from Jill & Nicole Hill of Rock-a-bye-Hill Farm born April 5, 2015
Purchased from Jill & Nicole Hill of Rock-a-bye-Hill Farm born April 5, 2015

Little BoPeep (Doe)

Blue & White; horned; marbled eyes

Little BoPeep - Sire is Knickerbocker and Dam is Peeps born April 19, 2016
Little BoPeep - Sire is Knickerbocker and Dam is Peeps born April 19, 2016

SILLYJILLY (Doe)

FOR SALE (unregistered)  $200.00

Silly Jilly - Sire is Knickerbocker and Dam is Libby born July 13, 2016
Silly Jilly - Sire is Knickerbocker and Dam is Libby born July 13, 2016

JEZEBEL (Doe)

Tri-colored; polled; blue eyed

Twin does born to Zoe and Knickerbocker.
Twin does born to Zoe and Knickerbocker.

JOY to the world                                                          SOLD

White & Peach; polled; blue eyed  DOB 03/16/15

SOLD - Moving to her new home in May.  Thank you Tina!

Born to Zoe and Knickerbocker.  White polled doe with blue eyes.
Born to Zoe and Knickerbocker. White polled doe with blue eyes.

IZZY (Doe)                                                 FOR SALE $225.00

Black & white; horned; brown eyes          MGR C8533

Izzy was born at Pete N Jane's Farm and came to live with us.  She is a sweatheart!
Izzy was born at Pete N Jane's Farm and came to live with us. She is a sweatheart!

PATSY CLINE (Doe)

Tri-colored; horned; marbled eyes          MGR C8536

Beautiful tri-colored, horned, doe.  Joined our farm 4-10-16.
Beautiful tri-colored, horned, doe. Joined our farm 4-10-16.

Shopping Shirley (Doe)

Brown, black, and white peacock pattern; polled; brown-eyed MGR C8539

Brown peacock doe with brown eyes.
Brown peacock doe with brown eyes.

Pepsi (Doe)

Brown & Black; horned; brown-eyed   MGR C8541

Brown with white tip to her tail.  She is the leader of the pack and very busy!
Brown with white tip to her tail. She is the leader of the pack and very busy!

Dixie Stampede (Doe)                               FOR SALE $225.00

Black & White; polled; brown eyed          MGR C8550

Black and white with brown eyes.
Black and white with brown eyes.

Thrifty Thelma (Doe)

Tri-colored; horned; blue eyed          MGR C8527

Apocyliptic (Doe)

Black, blue, white peacock pattern; horned; blue eyed       MGR C8688

Black white peacock pattern with beautiful blue eyes.
Black white peacock pattern with beautiful blue eyes.

Chatty Cathy  aka: CC      (Doe)

Black & white; disbudded; brown eyed          MGR C8116

Sticker Shock Sabine (Doe)

Brown with silver moonspots; disbudded; blue-eyed     MGR C8105

Iris (Doe)

Tri colored - flower pattern - marbled eyes         MGR D0043

Purchased from: Jill Wallace's Crazy Acres, Casey, IL.
Purchased from: Jill Wallace's Crazy Acres, Casey, IL.

Shasta Daisy (Doe)

Tri-colored - flower pattern - blue eyes          MGR D1855

Purchased from Liberty Hill Farm.
Purchased from Liberty Hill Farm.

Trippin Molly (Doe)

Black, White, Tan- horned - marbled blue eyes          MGR D1896

Say it Ain't So Stella (Doe)          MGR D1879

Chocolate, Gray, Tan, and white - Polled - Moonspotted - blue eyes

Purchased from Liberty Hill Farm.
Purchased from Liberty Hill Farm.

Dapple Apple (doe)

Heavily moonspotted - black, tan, silver, white

Willow (Doe)

Brown, white, black; horned; brown eyes          MGR D3313

Henny Penny (Doe)                                                        SOLD

Tan, polled, with marbled eyes

SOLD - Moving to her new home in May.  Thank you Tina!

PAISLEY   (Doe)

Black and white, polled, blue eyes          MGR D3307

DHARMA (Doe)

Black & white with gray, chocolate & tan moonspots  Brown eyes.  MGR Pending